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  • CONNIE
    What are you doin’? What are you doin’ Ray?

    RAY
    I’m cleaning my boots.

    CONNIE
    Where’ve you been?

    RAY
    I’m cleaning my boots. It’s kinda obvious where I’ve been. I‘ve been outside, gettin’ dirty.

    (He picks up Robyn.)

    Hi. How are you?

    ROBYN
    I’m okay Daddy, I’m making a tower.

    (He puts her down.)

    RAY
    You’re making a tower, that’s a good tower. How long you been doin’ that?

    ROBYN
    I don’t know but I’m putting the red ones on top.

    RAY
    Good. Can I watch you do that?

    ROBYN
    Uhuh.

    RAY
    Good.

    ROBYN
    I got a green one and a blue one to go first.

    RAY
    Ok. What are you watching here?

    ROBYN
    Tom and Jerry.

    RAY
    You like that?

    ROBYN
    Uhuh. All the cats are going to heaven.

    RAY
    Where?

    ROBYN
    To heaven. And there are three kittens in a bag.

    RAY
    And they’re going to heaven?

    ROBYN
    Uhuh.

    RAY
    And how do they do that?

    ROBYN
    Well I guess... Well when they die.

    RAY
    Oh right. So these kittens gonna die?

    ROBYN
    Well they’re already dead. In a bag.

    RAY
    Well how do they get in the bag?

    ROBYN
    I don’t know that. They don’t show you that.

    RAY
    Oh. You think they got in the bag themselves?

    ROBYN
    I don’t...hmm.

    RAY
    Are these kittens...who put them in a bag?

    ROBYN
    I don’t know daddy.

    RAY
    So what’s going on there? Jerry - what’s Jerry doing?

    ROBYN
    I can’t remember. But one of them is in heaven. There were lots of cats. And one of them, one of was all flat.

    RAY
    Ah!

    ROBYN
    And when he turned to the side, he disappeared because he was all flat. He must have been flattened by a truck or something. But he went to heaven too. So.

    RAY
    Was that funny?

    ROBYN
    I don’t know. Kinda.

    RAY
    Crazy. They do that. These cartoons. Has Tom been chasing Jerry?

    ROBYN
    Yeah, well they do that pretty much every time.

    RAY
    Was it funny?

    ROBYN
    Cats don’t..like. No, mice don’t like cats.

    RAY
    But he usually wins, Jerry.

    ROBYN
    Yeah.

    RAY
    So maybe he flattened the cat.

    ROBYN
    Yeah.

    RAY
    Yeah. Maybe he put the cats in the bag!

    ROBYN
    Yeah.

    RAY
    Yeah. That’s clever.

    ROBYN
    Yeah.
    RAY
    Yeah.

    Pause.

    You gonna put the other bricks on? That’s very high. You gonna do that without that falling down? Bet you can.

    (She puts on a brick.)

    RAY
    That’s alright. A bit of a wobble but that’s alright.

    ROBYN
    Is it going to stay up Daddy?

    RAY
    Well if you do it careful enough it’ll stay up. You been talking to your mommy.

    ROBYN
    Mommy’s been making dinner. Mommy’s mad.

    RAY
    You know why she’s mad?

    ROBYN
    Naah.

    RAY
    Yeah well she gets mad a lot. (Shouting to Connie) What’s for dinner?

    (Connie is short with him. Ray doesn’t like the food, and the tone, and he says:)

    RAY
    I’m not eating it.

    (There’s an argument, and a pan of potatoes that hits the floor. Ray goes to hit her, but he hits the wall instead, and goes upstairs.)
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